Main Street Association to sponsor Christmas Pop - Up Shops

Staff Writer

The West Point Main Street Association (WPMSA) is sponsoring a Christmas Pop Up Shops and Ladies Night Out from 6 - 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Ritz Theater. Tickets for the event are $30 with proceeds to benefit the ongoing beatification projects in West Point.

"This year has been a quilt year," Kathy Dyess of the Main Street Association said. "We came into possession of some hand - made quilts and quilt tops. These were the inspiration for the quilt mural that was created on the outside wall of Annabelle's Antiques."
Dyess said the quilts also served as an inspiration for a fundraisers. The WPMSA knew they would need more than the quilts and quilt tops.

"In addition to having the quilts for sale, the quilt tops have been made into stuffed animals, pillows and other things," Dyess said.
She said there will be a lot of quilted items that will make great gifts.

"So we have invited local artisans and some from out - of - town to bring their crafts to sell at a Pop - Up - Shop," Dyess said. "All of the members of the Association are very creative. Almost everyone has a talent to bring to the table. We've been meeting at Deborah Mansfield's shop to work on crafts to sell. Everything will be reasonably priced and will make great gifts."
Dyess said the $30 ticket price will cover food and one beverage. She said there will be wines and non-alcoholic beverages available.

"There will be a cash bar," Dyess said. "When women get together we do enjoy a little wine. It will be a night of fun and shopping to benefit the Main Street Association."
Dyess said every vendor will donate at least one door prize. She said they have 13 vendors coming along with the crafts created by the members of the Main Street Association. The goal is to sell 200 tickets.

"This will be come and go shopping," Lisa Klutts said. "There will be painted art, pottery, candles, men's gift baskets, mini massages and mini make - overs, leather bags, all kinds of things that will make great gifts even for ourselves."
Klutts said it will be worth the price of admission to have the items available at a special event price.

"No all door prizes will be from the vendors," Klutts said. "Some will be from items created by the Main Street Association. So those who come have a good chance to win a very nice item free as a door prize."
Klutts said the WPMSA has an auction every other year as a fundraiser. She said this was an ideal fundraiser for a year without the auction.

Klutts said Tim Fowler will be taking orders for his home - made cheesecakes, Becky Portera will be taking orders for cakes, as well.
"Girls just like to get together and forget the laundry, the dishes, and the meetings we have to go to tomorrow and shop," Dyess said.